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Dallas Police Ignore Woman’s Pleas For Help, She Later Dies In Custody

The family of Diamond Ross says she was treated less than human by Dallas police as she was dying while in their custody last August.

Recently released body-cam footage shows how Ross begged for help as police seem to ignore her pleas. 

“Water. I need some water,” Ross said.

Ross was arrested in August of 2018 when Dallas police were responding to a domestic disturbance call. Police said Ross, who was high on PCP at the time, fought with them when they arrived at the scene. 

The video shows Ross telling the officers she was having trouble breathing while she was handcuffed in the back of a police car. 

“I can’t breathe,” Ross said.

Dallas Fire-Rescue checked and treated her at the scene, but despite her appearing to be unresponsive, they told police it was OK to take her to jail. 

Ross was arrested for outstanding warrants, according to police. 

Video obtained by WFAA then shows how Ross was treated at the City of Dallas Detention Center. 

Police dragging an unresponsive Diamond Ross into a holding cell

When the police vehicle holding Ross pulls into the lot, she is taken out of the back seat and left on the pavement. 

Officers then pick Ross up and carry her into the jail. Ross appears to be unresponsive during this time in the video. 

She is then dragged into the jail cell and left there. Police don’t attempt to give Ross any form of medical treatment. 

“Nobody should be treated like that, nobody,” said Diamond’s mother Ethelyn Ross.

Ross is then put into a wheelchair and officers walk off.

“You see the way they just plopped her down in that chair. That’s disrespectful,” Kia-Tenai Thomas said about the treatment of her aunt.

At the 12-minute mark on the video, paramedics arrive to help and attempt to give Ross CPR.

Ross was taken to Baylor Hospital, where she was declared dead the next day. Her death was ruled an accidental overdose.

“I was crushed. My heart was crushed,” Ethelyn Ross said.

The officers involved knew there was something wrong. WFAA obtained video from inside the squad car that shows Sr. Cpl. Larry Moody talking to supervisors.

“I think her last heartbeat was when we got her out of the car,” Moody said.

According to officials, Moody only receive a written reprimand for his actions. Another officer took a job with another police department while under investigation.

The Dallas police command staff has known the videos existed for months, yet never released the tapes until WFAA filed the requests and pushed for their release.

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Robert Wilson November 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

What’s the point of having a Black police chief. She treats Black people like white people do. Like we don’t matter.

Tina M Clark November 9, 2019 at 3:32 pm


OTIS GREEN November 9, 2019 at 10:38 pm


Mary November 9, 2019 at 10:55 pm

Wow!!!!! They Literally Dragged this Woman out of the car after she begged for water. Then Passed out! Then Dragged her out of the car & into the Jail Cell…OMG!!!! What the hell has our world come to????? god is watching…. This is HEARTLESS!!!! :'( They should be fired!

Neffie November 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

Sometimes color don’t even matter. She’s family to her co-workers before serving justice where it’s due & needed.

paul melia November 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm

the police fore needs retraining in the different methods and updating their skills every few years all to ware sound and body cams have your say its free its free

Mustafa Warah November 10, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Dallas Police Ignored Woman’s Pleas For Help, She Later Dies In Custody, If a woman can’t breathe and says I need water they should’ve just gave it to her so she can live instead of letting her die in Jail, ya know what that’s called? being helpful simple as that, Deez Dallas cops are definitely responsible for her death and gotta be held accountable for their actions

David P Amair November 10, 2019 at 9:17 pm

These dogs in uniforms. They just fling her in the chair like a piece of rag and seeing her head flung back like that could actually causes her death. They should be charged for her death. Her death was no accidental overdose and a autopsy cover up by a racist corrupt police force and pathologist’s.

Alicia williams November 11, 2019 at 12:32 am

That is so fucked up they caused her death she asked for water and they did not give it to her the ambulance should have tooken her to the hospital the police have no rights treating her like a stray dog on the streets it dont matter what the call was for they should be locked up wtf

YahLanda Judah November 11, 2019 at 7:28 am

Ezra 10:11
“Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.”

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Ezra 10:11 Context

8And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away. 9Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain. 10And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. 11Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives. 12Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do. 13But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing. 14Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us.

Chuck November 13, 2019 at 10:13 am

Did G-d force her OD on PCP, I don’t think so it was her choice to use drugs, her choice. Maybe thing could have been handled differently by the police but the bottom line she caused her own death, that’s what happens when you play with dangerous drugs.

Neffie November 14, 2019 at 3:10 am

@ Chuck
Whether she used dangerous drugs or not it still doesn’t justify her murder. While in custody you are not treated unfair Because of your choice of decisions. These cops decided her life didn’t matter because she was high? What kind of thinking is that? They’re not trained to treat ppl unfairly upon the person mishaps. The real issue is that they IGNORED her plea and chose to be neglectful when she DID need help. The mindset of ppl like you is the reason why there is little respect for ppl’s life. Fuck you & your comment! She was ignored & her death could have been prevented. Bottom line!!!

C Marie November 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm

To answer one of the statement or comment about there being a black police chief I don’t remember if it was female they mentioned or male but the point is that when a African-American gets any type of authority position there were two things that are in the Constitution you cannot help your own people and you do not punish white people it is in the Constitution it’s worded differently but it’s still there that is why she will not or he will not do anything to his fellow co-workers even if she was a judge they wouldn’t do anything anyway once they try to help us or punish a white person they will be punished by either being demoted pushed out or tooken out if you get my meaning

R November 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm

What the hell is that place called the USA? It is the worst racist country in the whole world. They care not for man nor God especially man of colour, if not all man of colour. I really do not think there are anyone in the world as racist as Americans. Lord help me, I am scared.


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